Tuesday, 31 December 2019 18:04

Landlords Continue To Help The Homeless

PDPLA members have raised nearly £2,000 over the past 2 Christmas’, all of which has been donated to the Society of St James to help the local homeless. It is debatable whether this type of support can end homelessness, and more on that next month,…
Monday, 30 December 2019 20:08

How Small Is Too Small?

We have many members who are unhappy with PCC’s rules on communal space in HMO’s – the rules seem to have grown over the past 10 years in an attempt to provide a basis to reject HMO’s which are seen as ‘too densely developed’ by…
Portsmouth is consulting on a draft strategy - 'Energy and water at home - a strategy for efficiency and affordability for every household in Portsmouth'.  It looks at how the council can work with others to make homes more energy and water efficient and ensure residents…
Monday, 30 December 2019 09:11

Who Needs A UTR Number Anyway?

A Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number is required by all sole traders, partnerships and limited companies in the UK. It’s unique to that individual or organisation and remains unchanged forever. You will also need a UTR if you have other forms of income or expenses…
Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:05

Is It Time To Become SMART?

As we approach the mid-part of the 21st century, is it time to consider providing 21st century properties for our tenants? We know many were built in the time of Queen Victoria, but as landlords each property faces a continual cycle of upgrade, refurbishment and…
Thursday, 26 December 2019 17:34

Landlord & Tenant Survey - What Do You Think?

In support of the new strategy for the Private Rented Sector which may justify Selective Licensing for all landlords in the city - Portsmouth City Council are asking for your views and those of your tenants. It is simple, two page survey (for landlords, slightly…
Sunday, 01 December 2019 17:31

Is it time for Property MoT's?

At our November member meeting we had a short discussion on the use of Property MoT’s. Is it yet more bureaucracy or might they be useful? It is interesting that the Labour manifesto proposes to mandate Property MoT’s – could this be one area where…
Sunday, 03 November 2019 11:16

RLA Summarises Landlord Manifesto

As we head toward the final days of the election, the RLA have perfectly summarised the 6 things that every landlord wants from the new government: Boost supply to meet demand Support vulnerable tenants End the Right to Rent Improve Justice for Tenants and Landlords…
After the October PDPLA meeting, I attended the Full Council meeting of Portsmouth City Council and subsequently the Housing Cabinet meeting on 21 October to oppose proposals put forward by Cllr Cal Corkery to introduce selective licensing for all rented properties in the city.
There was a time when every major town introduced licensing schemes to control some perceived problem in the private rented sector, Portsmouth introduced Additional Licensing in 2013 to solve ‘problems’ with HMO’s in the south of the city for example.  Now those schemes have come…
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